The Inaugural "Carol Hollenshead Award for Excellence in Promoting Equity and Social Change" will be presented to two University staff members at the October 27th Mullin Welch Lecture

Edie Lewis and Catherine Lilly have been chosen as the first recipients of the Carol Hollenshead Award for Excellence in Promoting Equity and Social Change.  The Carol Hollenshead Award Presentation will be held in conjunction with the Sarah Paretsky lecture on October 27th at 5:30. 

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Sara Paretsky Lecture.

Professor Edith (Edie) Lewis of the University of Michigan School of Social Work and Department of Women's Studies has centered her research and teaching on social justice concerns since arriving at UM in 1985. Her primary research interests include methods used by women of color to offset personal, familial, community, and professional role strain. Lewis also works extensively in Ghana on women’s successful economic development strategies.

Lewis’s strategies for approaching advocacy and problem solving for oppressed groups have become part of the required training for MSW students. Outside of the classroom, she has actively fostered a sense of community for generations of women of color faculty, staff and students campus-wide, through her personal support, mentorship, and her role in establishing the Women of Color in the Academy Project.  

Catherine Lilly is the Senior Advisor to Tim Slottow, the UM Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. She has devoted her career to promoting diversity and inclusion and to developing leadership and organizational effectiveness among University employees. Among Lilly’s accomplishments are directing the Business and Finance Leadership Academy, organizing and leading U-M Diversity Community Conferences in 2009 and 2010, facilitating the Business and Finance Diversity Committee, and helping to launch the Business and Finance-UM Diversity Passport. She is currently charged with implementing the Business and Finance Diversity Plan. In addition, she was a formative member of a UM labor-management partnership that successfullyreduced conflict and grievances by addressing issues proactively.

The Carol Hollenshead Award recognizes a UM faculty member, staff member or student whose sustained efforts have resulted in greater equity in the University community or beyond. Hollenshead, a former CEW Director for 20 years, retired in 2008. 

The featured Mullin Welch 2011 speaker will be author Sara ParetskyThe Mullin Welch Series was established in 1989 by Frances Daseler and Marjorie Jackson in memory of their sister Elizabeth Charlotte Mullin Welch, bringing to campus lecturers who exemplify Elizabeth's characteristics: creativity, strength of character and expansive vision.